Archive for the ‘Going Green’ Category

May 21, 2013

Tiny Libraries

libraries-blog480New York, meet your newest public libraries.

Holding no more than about 20 books for old and young, the 10 new Little Free Libraries — miniature lending libraries where anyone can take or leave a book under the honor system — will pop up all over downtown Manhattan on Saturday afternoon, and will stand until Sept. 1. A joint project of the PEN World Voices Festival and the Architectural League of New York, the libraries were designed and built by the winners of a small architectural competition, stocked with donations from publishers and looked after by nearby community partners including the Cooper Union, Henry Street Settlement and LaMaMa.

Source: New York Times

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May 11, 2013

reCOVER Coatrack Uses Rainwater

recover-umbrella-coat-standApril is over now, but we didn’t really get all that many showers, so maybe we’re due for lots of rain in May. reCOVER by Teracrea is a re-imagining of the typical coat stand into a miniature ecosystem. The base of the stand can be placed into any planter, so that your raincoats and drippy umbrellas can nourish the plant.

Source: Design Milk

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April 13, 2013

Going Green: Skate Guitar

skate-guitar-4Combining their respective expertise in things that rock and things that roll, Argentine luthier Ezequiel Galasso and professional skateboarder Gianfranco de Gennaro Gilmour hatched an idea to breathe new life into retired skateboard decks by­­ transforming them into one­-of-­a-­kind electric guitars.

Source: Inhabitat

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April 08, 2013

Living Tables

living-table-short2Bay Area plant studio Habitat Horticulture has designed plant installations for restaurants, residences, and even the California Academy of Sciences. Now, they share one of their products: the living table. Made from black walnut and stainless steel, each table is handmade in Habitat Horticulture’s San Jose workshop. The tempered glass top allows either of the two plant varieties from nearby Half Moon Bay, spike mosses or succulents, to be on display.

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April 02, 2013

100% Recyclable Umbrella

recycle umbrellaTheoretically, umbrellas on the market today are made of recyclable materials such as metal, plastic and wood. However, they can’t be recycled as they are. In order to be properly disposed of, umbrellas need to be disassembled, which means that most of them just end up going to landfills. Developed in Italy by Federico Venturi, Gianluca Savalli and Marco Righi, the ‘Ginkgo’ is an innovative compact umbrella, redesigned from scratch and made entirely out of one recyclable material – polypropylene. Using injection molding process, the number of ‘Ginkgo’ components are considerably reduced, so when Ginkgo finally reaches the end of its useful life you can just toss it in the recycle bin.

Source: Designboom

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March 31, 2013

The Shed – a Temporary Theatre

side-nat.jpg.492x0_q85_crop-smartWhat a brilliant splash of red this new temporary theatre makes. Called The Shed, it is being opened as part of London’s National Theatre and is just going to be there for a year as renovations of the main space take place. Set against a concrete backdrop, The Shed was constructed out of materials that can easily be reused (steel, plywood etc), and the steelwork was left unpainted so that it can easily be recycled.

Source: Treehugger

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March 12, 2013

Nano Garden

nano-garden-1.jpeg.492x0_q85_crop-smartThe futuristic Nano Garden allows urban dwellers to grow trays of veggies, herbs and greens right in their kitchen. Nano Garden is a vegetable garden for the apartment kitchen, using hydroponics, so users don’t need to worry about pesticides or fertilizers. Dreamed up by a team of designers from Hyundai’s engineering and construction division and South Korean design firm Gromo, the Nano Kitchen concept is a bronze winner at the Fast Company 2010 Idea awards in the category of commercial and industrial product.

Source: Treehugger

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March 02, 2013

Bios Urn

02_Urna_BiosThe Bios Urn project is a conceptual design by Martín Ruiz de Azúa that reintroduces the human being to the natural circle of life. Bios is a mortuary urn made from biodegradable materials: coconut shell, compacted peat and cellulose. Inside it contains the seed of a tree. Once the urn is planted, the seed germinates and begins to grow. The seed can be changed for a different type of seed or plant more adequate to the chosen planting place, if need be.

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February 23, 2013

Joshua Tree by Hangar Design Group

joshua-tree-1Joshua Tree is a mobile compact home designed by Italy-based Hangar Design Group combining the warmth and cozy wood structure of mountain home, the size and look of a cabin, and the flexibility of an RV. Created to accommodate from 3 to 4 people, Joshua Tree does not sacrifice the comfort of ample living space, with two bedrooms and baths it is perfect to host young families or groups of friends.

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February 21, 2013

Lahas Zone by CROX International

Lahas ZoneThe City of Yiwu in China houses the world’s biggest small goods market. Having seemingly arisen over night, it is now the center of trading for small goods in the world. The city strongly encourages young entrepreneurs, and with that in mind, the Lahas Zone was idealistically conceived and designed, centering a green environment that can incorporate services, offices, and exhibitions all into living comfortably. Lahas Zone was comprehensively renovated from an old factory building instead of built a new on the Lahas Zone site in accordance to maintaining green.

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